Butler Teacher Accused Of Sending Inappropriate Emails To Student

By Ralph Iannotti

BUTLER (KDKA) – State Police charged a 38-year-old Butler junior high school math teacher with corruption of minors Wednesday after he allegedly sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a 13-year-old female student.

Ronald Zawrotuk, of Butler, has been suspended without pay from his teaching position since November.

Butler School Superintendent Dr. Edward Fink told KDKA-TV that another student told one of her teachers about the e-mails late last year. The teacher then informed the principal and soon after that, state police launched their investigation.

Dr. Fink said some of the e-mails were sent on Zawrotuk’s school computer on school property.

KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti reports:

Zawrotuk was hired by the District in 1998 as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher.

“I think it’s disgusting,” Jordan Wilson, a Butler parent, said. “He should probably go with somebody his age – at least [it would be] legal.”

KDKA’s Heather Abraham reports:

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  • fred mertz

    Why doesn’t KDKA invite comments for ALL items on this web site?

    • Nellie Lynch

      So some cannot make rude, crude, stupid, ignorant comments.

  • Lee

    my old math teacher!!!!!!! no way! oh wow…

  • Minister Shirl Massie

    This teacher really performed a dumb move. This just goes to show that you must throughly check a person background, you don’t know who is teaching your children in school now days. This is really sad. but I am glad that the teacher got caught and hope that he will never be allowed to teach in any school again and he should be made to stay away from all children.

    • FixPGH

      They DO perform background checks and teachers have to go through a bunch of clearances. I used to work at a copy shop and teaching grads had a stack of papers they needed to copy and put into a binder for their “portfolio.”

      Being a first-time creeper (or a repeat creeper that nobody has reported yet) won’t show up on a background check. This type of behavior can be found in anyone. The nice guy next door, the perfect husband – you never know what some people will do.

      • FixPGH

        Says the incessant posting know-it-all smart-ass who doesn’t use a real name themselves. Why not post your real name? I would actually be using my keyboard to be a “toughass”, not my monitor.

      • FixPGH

        And believe me, I know everything. I am always right and like to act like a doosh on here. I tell other people to post real names of themselves, but would never post my real name because I am a coward.

      • The System is Horrible

        They do perform backgroud checks, but once you are in a school district they do not ‘check’ on you at all. Your child abuse clearance do not have to be updated, your FBI clearances do not have to be updated nothing! You can go in clean, but you can become a creeper once you are in the school. When a teacher is tenured they can not be touched unless proof is found.

      • FixPGH

        Whoever left that second comment by “me” is really funny. I’ve never told anyone to post their real name…so, yeah, nice try.

      • FixPGH

        Yeah, really funny! And that first and third comment is really, really funny! Some people have no lives and think they know everything. Nice try.

      • FixPGH

        So me leaving a factual comment that wasn’t even meant to be funny, “isn’t funny?”

        You are the one with no time on your hands because you are using your monitor to try to be a toughass. Nice try. Maybe you should get a real job and stop trolling websites.

    • shawn

      Well Minister, I don’t think you’ve thought this through very well…at all A lot of these people have clean background checks, as I’m sure Ron did…but many people don’t act on these impulses until they’re in a position to do so, like being a teacher. You seem to be suggesting that the Butler School Board didn’t do a background check…or they should’ve been talking to his uncle’s cousin’s sister’s nephew’s former roomate before hiring him. Get real. The guy obviously didn’t have a record when he was hired. PS…maybe we should do more thorough background checks on priests & ministers, because these kids can’t keep their mouths shut, can they?



  • FixPGH

    There are A LOT of teachers doing this type of stuff…why are they getting students e-mail addresses and in some cases, cell phone numbers? The only email addresses grade school teachers should have is that of the parents. Not students. I graduated high school in 2003 and we didn’t have our teachers emailing us stuff, everything was done through phsyical class time.

    • Ryan

      It’s PHYSICAL, people. Maybe you people should go back to school and learn how to spell.

    • FixPGH

      To the fake “FixPGH” poster – you are a child. You are seriously going to try to torment a person online, under a fake name? Wow, you have NO life. Go get a job.

    • FixPGH

      So FixPGH is your real name?

    • GrammarPolice

      It’s called “typos” Ryan, sorry not every single person is a perfect secretary like you.

    • FixPGH

      No, fake “FixPGH.” I don’t know why you’re attacking me, I have told people to NOT post their real names because other commenters have Googled people and posted their actual Facebook site in these comments. Is this that Shari chick I called out yesterday for posting her real name? Grow up.

      • FixPGH

        “If you take the time to comment back then you REALLY are a pathetic waste.”

        Really? Because you always have to have the last word, right? I can PUT words in all capitals too. YOU are the MOST arrogant poster on here. YOU think everything YOU post is gospel and infallible.

      • FixPGH

        I do like having the last word, in this case, I don’t really care. I am walking away from your pathetic sorry ass and you can keep responding and have the last word if you want. Internet trolls are a waste of time, and I have to get back to work. Just saw your Facebook with your cat picture as your default – nice. Have a good day, troll!

      • FixPGH

        And I am the one with no life, huh? Have nothing better to do than look (stalk) my Facebook profile. What does yours look like? That’s right, you are a coward who will NEVER post their real name. Internet tough guy calling people, “trolls”. Nice.

      • Greg Gun

        I’m guessing he/she doesn’t post their real name because they don’t want to be harrassed online? Which is a smart move. This little fight has actually been entertaining thank you 2 for giving me something to read :)

      • FixPGH

        You post on here incessantly and I am the one needing a life and a job? You always have an answer for everything and are a know-it-all and annoy people here. You seem quite arrogant and like a doosh. You tell me if this is that Shari “chick” since you know everything.

      • FixPGH

        Yeah, I am the ONLY person that ever comments on any articles. There are a lot of names I am familiar with on here. At least when I talk I am talking from facts and not just rambling on about whatever conspiracy theory is popular that day.

        Yes, YOU need to get a life because YOU are the one going out of your way and wasting your time trying to mock someone on the INTERNET. Being an internet bully doesn’t earn you any cool points, so have fun wasting time. I happen to have a desk job where I can take some time out of my morning and lunch break to keep up on news. Unlike you that must sit at home doing nothing to contribute to society. Get a life. If you take the time to comment back then you REALLY are a pathetic waste.

        Hope everyone is getting a kick out of “me” arguing with “myself!” This should be a lesson to never try to make any factual comments because then trolls come along and post under your same username, pretty mature, right?

  • K

    OMG someone said PEDUTO he he he ….

  • kay

    I would agree with this comment as would a lot of my friends. I graduated in the late 70s and most of the teachers felt that they were “cool” and equal to the students. The teachers would even “buddy up” with certain students and put down other students for the way they dressed, their haircuts, etc. Those students then believed the teacher was their pal and they generally got a little better grade. Wonder how the “buddy” students might have had to repay this gesture.

  • Nick

    I happen to go to the Junior High and he was my math teacher… stfu everyone and stop fighting.. you don’t even know him… maybe he did it for a reason…

  • markopolo

    @nick…. ya hes a child molester!

  • bella

    i some wat agree with my friend nick … we are in the same class and we had him as a teacher .. altho we no wat he has done was a huge mistake !!! we must no diss on him and are school .. many peple dont drop things and this is one .. but we have too we all make mistakes and every one needs to git over it even thoit was the wong thing

    • GrammarPolice

      Bella, holy cr@p, learn to spell in type! It’s hard to believe you are even in school!

      Let me put your comment into English for you:

      I some what agree with my friend Nick. We are in the same class and we had him as a teacher, although we know what he has done was a huge mistake! We must not diss on him and our school. Many people don’t drop things and this is one, but we have to. We all make mistakes and everyone needs to get over it even thought it was the wong thing.

      Now take a pen, and write that paragraph 3 times. Compare it to the monstrosity you wrote and see how to properly spell some things and puncuate. Thanks.

    • BHS1987grad

      I agree……My 2nd grader could spell better than Bella. Is this the product of “no child left behind”?

  • will g

    looks like his party this weekend has ben cancelled.

  • Emily H.

    I dont see the point in defending him, Hes been doing this for years and it took them this long to fire him. Yeah, i had him…

  • shawn

    I graduated with Ron…what a fall from grace. The guy was a jock in highschool, but not a typical meat-head jock…a great athlete with a quiet demeanor & well liked & respected by everyone. It amazes me how adults can be so stupid. Number one, it’s morally wrong…number two, one of the lessons we should have all taken from junior high is that kids can’t keep their mouths shut.

  • Parent

    I would like to know where KDKA was at when my daughters busdriver talked sexual to my 14yr old daughter and a 10 yr old boy ! I am sure that this teacher wont be teaching anytime soon but because my daughters situation wasnt juicy enough for them. Dont worrry he plead guilty and took the plea agreement to avoid jail but he got ARD because it was his first offence and now he got his record expunged and he could be your childs busdriver as we speak isnt that nice? If all of the charges were pressed he could of done alot of jail time on alot of charges but now they wont until HE DOES IT AGAIN! And you can thank KDKA for not running that story.

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